Photo contest honors Peconic Bay
East End environmentalists are asking people who find themselves on the North or South forks today and tomorrow to take a few minutes and go down to the water, and lift a glass and toast Peconic Bay.
It’s an effort to celebrate National Estuary Day, and the fact that since 1993 the Peconic Estuary system — it covers 158,000 acres of water — has been one of fewer than 30 bodies of water recognized as estuaries of national significance.
The Peconic Estuary Program is asking people who do it to snap a photo and send it to their Facebook page, hash-tagging #toastthecoast.
The picture that gets the most likes by the end of Monday will get a prize of Peconic Estuary-themed items.
-- Mitchell Freedman
Hearing on housing project next week
A controversial plan to build a $90 million, 172-unit housing development in Island Park will go before the Hempstead Town Board on Tuesday.
The board will hold a public hearing to consider Blue Island Development LLC and Posillico Development Co. at Harbor Island Inc.’s petition to approve an application that would allow a modification of restrictive covenants affecting a 10.76-acre parcel in Harbor Isle, part of Island Park.
The hearing will be at 10:30 a.m. in the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, adjacent to Hempstead Town Hall, 1 Washington St. in Hempstead Village.
The development plan for the Battery at Harbor Isle & Avalon Yacht View calls for turning a former oil storage and distribution site on Island Parkway South and Sheridan Place in the hamlet, into 140 rental apartment units and 32 condos near the water with boat slips.
Farmingdale-based Posillico had received town approval in 2008 to build 172 condos on the 11-acre site, vacant for more than a decade. The town board modified the previous covenant in 2010 to allow for up to 10 percent of the units to be rentals. Posillico has been asking since March for the town to lift a restrictive covenant on rentals so Virginia-based Avalon Bay Communities Inc. can construct eight apartment buildings.
The site is part of the New York State Brownfield program, which seeks to clean up toxic waste sites. As the landowner, Posillico would have until Dec. 31, 2015, to complete the estimated $12 million cleanup to be eligible for the program’s tax credits. Avalon, which has an office in Melville, then would buy the portion of the property where the rentals would be, developers have said.
— Aisha Al-Muslim
County groups host heritage parade
Youth Empowerment Institute Inc., the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs and the Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County Inc. will hold their first Long Island African American Heritage Parade and Festival Saturday.
The 2.5-mile parade will start at 11 a.m. near the Western Beef parking lot on 322 Nassau Rd. in Roosevelt, continue along the road and end on Washington Avenue and Front Street in Hempstead Village.
A health pavilion will allow attendees to sign up for health insurance and free health screenings.
For information about the parade and festival, call 516-298-9271 or 516-216-7363.
— Aisha Al-Muslim